Posts Tagged ‘Asking Alexandria’

Although their sobriety was questionable, Asking Alexandria gripped their high energy audience from the beginning of their Warped Tour performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Their viscous crowd held no benevolence for one another as they smashed their way to the front rows and attempted to start their pits during any breakdown. This was only egged on by lead singer Danny Warsnop who told them that every other memeber of the crowd was their enemy and they were to show no mercy. This lead to more crowd surfing and brutality from spectators who were already rowdy.

They chanted along, with intensity, to songs such as , “Not The American Average”, and “I Was Once, Possibly,Maybe A Cowboy King”, and “The Final Episode” off the album Stand Up And Scream, and “Breathless”, To the Stage”, and “A Lesson Never Learned” from their newest album Reckless And Relentless (released April 2011).  In general there was never a calm moment during AA’s powerful show.

They finished their show with one of their biggest hits, pre-released single, Morte et Dabo. It was the song their audience had been anticipating for the entire show, which was made obvious by their instant reaction to the intro. Energy from both the band and crowd members peaked during that  song. The band excited with a successful performance under their belt and their audience begging for more from the controversial, yet appreciated UK band.

~R

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Because A Day To Remember is my favorite band, I tend to know and enjoy many bands with a similar sound/style. Not all the bands with similarities have the exact same sound, but they all have preferable qualities in common. As they have developed, their sound has changed. The bands mentioned here might be similar to their old or new style, with some being comparable to both. Bands are presented in no specific order of similarity. They are especially recommended for those who like A Day To Remember or other post-hardcore bands, but are also helpful in experiencing or gaining new music tastes. I suggest you give them all a chance, no matter how different your current preferences are.

Asking Alexandria– A little heavier than A Day To Remember, but still sharing many qualities, is Asking Alexandria. They are considered metal-core by most who enjoy them. I suggest them if you enjoyed the songs: Sticks and Bricks, Heartless, Shot in the Dark, 2nd Sucks, and Start the Shooting.

Four Year Strong- This band can basically be described as A Day To Remember without the screaming. The album most similar to A Day To Remember is “Enemy of the World”. They carry a more pop punk style, while still remaining lyrically strong. If you enjoy A Day To Remember’s most recent album, “What Separates Me From You” then you will appreciate their style.

Close To Home- This generally unknown band is highly similar to A Day To Remember. They have slightly less screaming, but their instrumentals sound nearly identical, which is very obvious in the beginning of their song “Headphones”. They have a slightly more upbeat style, similar to easy-core.

Chunk! Captain No Chunk- Chunk has a unique name, with a style to match. They have been compared to A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, and Set Your Goals. Their cleans are most comparable to Set Your Goals. They would also be considered a pop-punk/easy-core band. An upbeat sound, combining a few screams, high energy instrumentals, and a solid delivery make this band enjoyable and unique. For some, they have an acquired taste, but I have personally grown to like their sound. For first time listeners I suggest the song “Born For Adversity”.

Close Your Eyes-  Close Your Eyes has made me learn to appreciate Christian bands. They do not shove their beliefs down your throat, and instead leave many of the lyrics up for interpretation. I met the lead singer during their concert with A Day To Remember. They are a down to earth band who is doing what they love. Their second album, “We Will Overcome” is the most similar to A Day To Remember. One thing that stands out most about this band, setting them apart from a lot of similar bands, is their clean vocals. There is a very original sound to their lead singer’s vocals.

Adept- I instantly fell in love with this band when I heard them. They manage to bring an intense, yet upbeat sound to their music. Their album “Death Dealers” is my favorite, and I suggest starting there when checking out this band. They are similar to A Day To Remember in terms of genre, but have a less pop-punk sound, carrying a more metal-core/solid post-hardcore sound.

Confide- There have been many rumors that this band broke up, but they still have two fantastic albums to offer. “Shout the Truth” and their most recent album, “Recover” are two albums you must hear. They are more similar to Asking Alexandria in “Shout the Truth” but toned down their screaming and sound a bit more like A Day To Remember in “Recover”.

Our Last Night- This band truly perfected its style with its most recent album “We Will All Evolve”. They are very comparable to A Day To Remember’s album “For Those Who Have A Heart”. They are a personal favorite because of how their cleans and screams fit together, along with their catchy beats, and lyrics. Their development as a band from the past is tremendous, and impressive.

We Came As Romans- We Came As Romans is somewhat of a blend between Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember. They added some synthetic sounds that A Day to Remember lacks, and don’t really contain any pop-punk. Their ratio of screams to cleans is similar to A Day To Remember’s. I am interested to see how they will change in their upcoming album. As of now, they have a gratifying sound, but still have many areas that could use slight tweaking.

Some bands similar to A Day To Remember that I am not well- versed on , but still enjoy, include: Farewell to Freeway, Hopes Die Last, Kid Liberty (VERY similar to Four Year Strong), Oh Sweet Ransom, Run Into The Shadows, and Parkway Drive.

~R

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Reckless And Relentless Track List

Posted: April 14, 2011 by storkmusic in Track List
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No. Title Length
1. “Welcome”   1:49
2. “Dear Insanity”   3:09
3. “Closure”   3:58
4. “A Lesson Never Learned”   3:54
5. “To the Stage”   3:30
6. “Dedication”   1:03
7. “Someone, Somewhere”   3:37
8. “Breathless”   4:10
9. “The Match”   4:15
10. “Another Bottle Down”   3:34
11. “Reckless & Relentless”   4:08
12. “Morte et Dabo”  

Sometimes change goes unnoticed, merely adding an element that nobody can quite describe. Other times it fuels harsh criticism and deep nostalgia. In Asking Alexandria’s third full length album, Reckless and Relentless, both transformations blended for a slightly unsettling, yet moderately enjoyable album.

The pre-released song, Morte et Dabo, gave undeserving hope to those with an obsession for Asking Alexandria’s harsh breakdowns and talented high screams. Although it gave a new perspective to the band, it is still quite different from the general sound of the album. Deserving or not, audiences expect consistency from a band. This unrealistic expectation is often crushed, but can be reconsidered when altered aspects outweigh previous antics.

 The intro, Welcome, begins with a melodic, synthesized orchestra and breaks into screamed to vocals. At this point, I was not yet disenchanted. The balance of screamed vocals and clean vocals was relative to expectations in most of their songs, such as: Closure, A Lesson Never Learned, To The Stage, Breathless, and The Match. However, the other few songs were a grave upset, lacking the intense breakdowns and screamed vocals that were desired. Even in the songs with the optimal balance, the clean vocals were quite different from their previous album. It may be the band simply developing into their niche, but some are left unimpressed.

 Lack of enjoyment may be in part the listener’s fault.  Most bands will not remain identical for their entire career. Asking Alexandria was a fairly new band, and change in style should have been expected. Despite criticism of their “generic” tactics, they add a unique sound to the metal-core/ post-hardcore genre and have hooked many fans worldwide. They will be playing on the main stage this year at Warped Tour, and despite results from some of their other concerts, are expected to have a loyal audience.

Overall Rating- The awkward mark between satisfactory and pleasant.

~R